Enormous sums have been poured into the aerospace industry. How does industry here on Earth benefit from this investment? A conversation with retired astronaut Thomas Reiter of the European Space Agency (ESA).
On Monday Alexander Gerst will present the patch of his next mission to the International Space Station, where he is set to become its first German commander. The ESA will also announce the mission's full schedule.
India has successfully launched its heaviest ever "indigenous" rocket, marking a major milestone for the country's low-cost space exploration program. The spacecraft could one day be used to carry astronauts to orbit.
Three new astronauts are on their way to the ISS. DW asked Thomas Reiter, the German coordinator of the ISS program, what advice he would offer them, and if he wouldn't rather be up there himself.
In 60 years of space exploration, we've placed almost 7,000 satellites in orbit. Less than a third still function. The rest is dangerous junk - and their number is growing. Here's how we might mitigate the threat.
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